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Spain 2022: Valencia gardens

Spain 2022: Valencia gardens

Jardí Botànic - This small university-affiliated garden has a reasonable admission fee of 3€ and surprised us with its number of specimens and blessedly shady interior. Palm trees, massive oaks,...

Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens

I've long wanted to visit Longwood Gardens, one of the most well-known gardens on the US east coast famous for its water features and formal gardens. Since we would be driving (relatively)...

Building a fire patio

Building a fire patio

We've used a small copper fire bowl for our backyard fires for years. Normally we'd set it up in the middle of the yard, clearing a small patch of leaves and pine needles. It worked ok, but it could...

NC Fall Foliage

NC Fall Foliage

We've had some nice fall color in Durham the last few weeks, with different patches of the yard turning color at different times. dogwood in the front yard backyard view Japanese maple close-up...

Eric’s 40th: Kew Gardens & Richmond

Eric’s 40th: Kew Gardens & Richmond

To help celebrate my birthday Leandra treated me to an afternoon at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (better known as Kew Gardens). The District line took us within a few blocks of the entrance, and...

Memory Monday: a year in the garden

Memory Monday: a year in the garden

In May, just before we left for Bali, I built a wire trellis to support several climbing plants including moonflower, cardinal climber and passionflower. Starting in early June I took a series of...

Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee

Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee

Last weekend we took advantage of our Southwest Airlines companion pass to visit our friend Leah in Nashville. Saturday We arrived Saturday morning and were impressed by Nashville's arrivals area--...

Duke Gardens, July 2012

Last weekend we went to Duke Gardens to check out the summer flowers and to exercise my macro lens. The flowers were as impressive as ever, but the insect life was also quite interesting: notice the...

Late June garden

Late June garden

This weekend North Carolina is experiencing the same heat wave as most of the US, so our plants are bit thirstier than normal. Before this we've seen great weather so our flowers have been quite...

Early June garden

We've had a stretch of excellent weather in NC with cool evenings and periodic rains that have given our garden a boost of growth. In particular, our lavender has been blooming like mad and you can...

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Missouri Botanical Gardens

Upon booking our trip to St. Louis I immediately knew one place we couldn't miss- the Missouri Botanical Gardens, or Mobot. Famous for their plant taxonomy I've known and used datasets from them for...

not my favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon

This past weekend, Eric put me to work helping him weed and do general clean-up duty around the yard. He only has a small window of work time with me because once the mosquitos get bad, I am inside...

spring has arrived!

In between rain showers we have spent the last three weekends digging and organizing all the plants we scored at the Raleigh Farmers Market and a local nursery. The deck box is full with the usual...

mother’s day

The title of this post was going to be "cheeseburgers from heaven" when I had thought about writing it a few weeks ago. But it's Mother's Day today and the fact that I've been without mine for...

Golden Gate Park gardens

On Sunday afternoon, after braving the BART ride back to the airport to pick up our rental car, we stopped off at Golden Gate Park to visit the Japanese Tea Garden and the SF Botanical Gardens. Eric...

early morning farmer’s market run

It's spring again and that means another year of trying to score an heirloom sungold tomato plant from Craig and Susan LeHoullier. We got started too late last Saturday and by the time we arrived at...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Valencia, Spain (Mar)
Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)